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Cancellable swap


A cancellable swap is a combination of an interest rate swap and a receiver’s swaption that may be cancelled by the borrower at no cost on an agreed future date.

What is a cancellable swap?

It is a combination of an interest rate swap and a receiver’s swaption that may be cancelled by the borrower at no cost on an agreed future date. The cost of the swaption is embedded into the fixed rate of the swap. The swaption’s strike rate is the same as the fixed rate.


It enables the borrower to protect their borrowing costs for a defined period of time while retaining the opportunity to cancel the contract on an agreed future date(s) without incurring penalty costs. It is particularly useful if the borrower anticipates an early termination of the underlying loan.

How does it work?

The borrower has a contractual requirement to pay a fixed rate of interest and receive the floating rate (or example, three month LIBOR) under the swap. The receiver’s swaption provides the borrower with the option to enter into a receiver’s swap (receive the fixed rate and pay the floating rate) to negate the effect of the payer’s swap at no cost to the borrower.

cancellable swap table

Three scenarios where the swap rate or fixed rate could settle and what the borrower will need to pay when using a cancellable swap.


  • It provides the borrower with a known fixed rate of interest
  • The borrower has the opportunity to cancel the contract on a future date at no cost
  • No upfront cash premium is required


  • The fixed rate for a cancellable swap will be higher than that for a comparable (vanilla) interest rate swap
cancellable swap trade description

A description of what a cancellable swap trade could look like in practice.

cancellable swap example

Cancellable swap flow chart illustrating three potential outcomes.

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